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PCC Joins Police Community Event in Bristol

PCC Clare Moody standing next to Chief Constable Sarah Crew; Outreach Team Members & Some Community Leaders

In her sixth day on the job, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Clare Moody yesterday joined the community at the Avon and Somerset Police’s Outreach Team Community event.

The event, held in the heart of the community at Rose Green Centre in Bristol, featured presentations, and round-table discussions. About 70 people from diverse communities attended the event. The round-table discussions offered opportunity to those in attendance to have some challenging and much needed conversations. The event focused on how Avon and Somerset Police as an organisation can better serve communities by sharing their expertise, knowledge, backgrounds and insight with various projects and departments where needed.

In her introductory remarks, the PCC Clare Moody expressed her delight for being elected to this role. She emphasised the importance of listening to the voice of the diverse community in the force area is integral to improving effective and efficient policing. “I have to hold the police to account through the Chief Constable and also my role as PCC is to be accountable to the public,” said Clare.

The PCC spoke after the Chief Constable Sarah Crew’s opening remarks who told the gathering about the force’s work on rebuilding trust and confidence and how it can be representative of the communities it serves.

Event organiser Esther Wride, Outreach Team Leader and Inclusion and Diversity Lead gave a highlight of some of her team’s engagement activities which included community events and roadshows, Neighbourhood Police Team Coffee mornings, Safe Spaces Sessions, Careers fairs and external events, and training for internal staff on issues such as Demystifying Islam Sessions / Discover Ramadan Sessions.

The PCC had the opportunity to talk to members of the community on different tables who were engaging in discussions on how communities can collaborate to effect positive change in Avon and Somerset Police. 

Engaging, supporting, and working with communities, victims, and partner organisations is central to the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.